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All-Star Reserves (UPDATE)

Posted on: January 28, 2010 11:53 am
Edited on: January 28, 2010 7:45 pm
 
First of all, as Charles Barkley would say, I love the seven first-time selections. All-Star weekend is badly in need of some juice, and I think there's a good chance that some of these first-timers -- Deron Williams, Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo -- will provide some of the weekend's most memorable moments.

I know this is a knee-jerk sports world and we're supposed to fight about everything, but I don't have enormous problems with the coaches' selections. In the East, they picked Rose and Al Horford over my picks -- David Lee and Josh Smith. I disagree on Horford; Smith is the Hawks' most important player after Joe Johnson, and Horford doesn't play enough minutes to be an All-Star. Lee deserves to be there, too. Being based in New York, I have more than my share of chances to watch him bust his behind on a talent-less team. Rose? I don't have any problem with him being an All-Star. He'll be great to watch in an All-Star Game. Guys like Rose understand the moment and know how to rise to it.

In the West, I only differed with the coaches on one selection: They chose Zach Randolph; I chose Chauncey Billups. If I met with every coach who chose Randolph and we debated outside some NBA locker room, I don't think anybody would win. Z-Bo is having a great year on a surprisingly competitive team. Billups remains the glue that keeps the Nuggets together. I'll take the No. 2 pick in that draft and be happy.

In making my picks, I used the same criteria the coaches are instructed to use: select seven reserves, ranked 1-7 for weighting purposes, according to the following positional breakdown: center, two forwards, two guards, and two wild cards.


Here were my picks -- with the coaches' alternative in parentheses, where applicable:

East

1. Chris Bosh, F, Toronto: The "other" 2010 free agent went into the season determined to put up huge numbers, which he is. Bosh's steady play also is a big reason for the Raptors' recent resurgence.

2. Rajon Rondo, G, Boston: Nothing against Kevin Garnett or Ray Allen, but Rondo may have surpassed both of them as the most important Celtic after Paul Pierce.

3. Josh Smith, F, Atlanta (Coaches picked Derrick Rose): Defense, shot-blocking, scoring -- J-Smoove does it all, except take too many 3-pointers. He's eliminated that annoying aspect of his game and deserves to be rewarded.

4. Gerald Wallace, F (wild card), Charlotte: This is a tough call between Wallace and Danny Granger. I'll give the nod to Wallace because of defense and team success.

5. David Lee, C, Knicks (Coaches picked Al Horford): It's time to stop attributing Lee's machine-like double-double production to Mike D'Antoni's system and recognize that there's nothing wrong with being one of the best pick-and-roll big men in the league.

6. Joe Johnson, G, Atlanta: Johnson should send a thank-you gift to Jamal Crawford, whose ability to absorb some of the end-of-quarter/end-of-game scoring load has kept Johnson fresh.

7. Paul Pierce, F (wild card), Boston: Rondo makes the Celtics' engine go, but Pierce is still the closer -- one of the best in the league at both ends of the floor.


West


1. Dirk Nowitzki, F, Dallas: Still playing at an MVP level and never gets the recognition he deserves.

2. Chris Paul, G, New Orleans: In terms of statistics and overall talent, the best point guard in the league.

3. Brandon Roy, G, Portland: With all of Portland's injuries -- including Roy's own balky hamstring of late -- this budding superstar deserves credit for keeping the Blazers afloat.

4. Chauncey Billups, G (wild card), Denver (Coaches picked Zach Randolph): We take Mr. Big Shot for granted because he's so consistent, but remember: He's consistently great. Monta Ellis deserves serious consideration here or for one of the wild-card spots, but there are simply too many great guards in the West for him to break through.

5. Pau Gasol, C, Lakers: Despite missing a big chunk of the season, Gasol has played enough to warrant an All-Star nod. When he's on the floor, he's among the most gifted and impactful big men in the league. Gasol or Randolph? I'll take Gasol.

6. Kevin Durant, F, Oklahoma City: We knew he could score, but now KD is emerging as a much improved defender and leader.

7. Deron Williams, G (wild card), Utah: This is why there's no room for Randolph on my squad, despite his solid 20-point, 11-rebound averages on a much improved Memphis team. D-Will is too good -- and the Jazz's recent resurgence too notable to overlook -- for one of the top point guards in the NBA to continue to get overlooked.

Comments

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2010 5:48 pm
 

All-Star Reserves (UPDATE)

Neither Mo nor Shaq deserved to be All-Stars this year..if you ask me:P
No way. No how.



Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2010 2:07 pm
 

All-Star Reserves (UPDATE)

I would like to know how three guys from Boston and two from the Hawks make the all-star team when only one from the Cavs makes the team. Last year the Cavs had the best record in the league and only Le Bron makes the team until Mo was finally put on the team because they ran out of players to select. Now this year the Cavs have the best record in the league and they are snubbed again. At least Mo or Shaq should have been selected, anyone agree ?



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2010 10:13 am
 

All-Star Reserves (UPDATE)

Monta Ellis deserves to be on the All-Star team. Yes, he's on a bad Warrior team, but are the injuries and turmoil his fault? How many guards have better numbers? He's averaging 26 pts, 4.3 rebounds, 5.6 assists per/game.
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Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2010 10:04 am
 

All-Star Reserves (UPDATE)

, just to let you know, he isn't the only one who didn't pick Rose as an All-Star reserve. Most of the predicted selections that I saw before the picks were actually announced did not have Rose on the team, including the ones I saw on ESPN.



Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2010 3:04 am
 

All-Star Reserves (UPDATE)

I could see Rose starting
First of all neither of them are starting.

Nevermind the fact that they totally different games. Rondo(correct spelling) is a true Point Guard whereas Rose is much more of a scorer. Don't be shocked to see Rose moved to the 2 spot in the next couple years. Oh, and Rondo does lead the NBA in steals by the way.



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2010 10:43 pm
 

All-Star Reserves (UPDATE)

Michael Jordan was obviously just a product of the triangle offense.



Since: Jan 28, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2010 8:08 pm
 

LEEEEEEE has been robbed

lee  definately should have been taken over horford. yes i am a knicks fan but a very realistic one. i have not been a big supporter of lee and always argued that he was a product of the system. but not this year not on this team. he has truly become one of the better players in this league he puts up 20 10 numbers every night while shooting over 50% and he shoots jumpers unlike the rest of the centers in the league. while his defense may be lacking the knicks as a whole have been playing much better lately and i do not seee him making many of the same mistakes he used to. i know hes not one of the most exciting players to watch but he deserves the all star spot because if he can make a believer out of the doubters in his own city, a city that knows basketball, he should be able to convince the rest of the league as well.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2010 7:14 pm
 

All-Star Reserves

wow i love it how everyone just dismisses lee for every reason. man the guy can play and puts up numbers go head and say its the system. so basicly the system works fon rondo also where would he possibl be without the like of the big 3 around in pierce ; garnett; and allen. same point there so you know what lets take off rondo then just to put rose on the team. on any given day i would take rondo over rose. when you watch rondo play he leaves every thing on the floor no matter what the situation is.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2010 7:07 pm
 

All-Star Reserves

jdrogos are you a buls fan you must be because you are as dumb as a rock. you can tell just by this statement. lee may not be a true center and only have 15 blocks but who ever said that defense was his thing. know lets get to your statement. lee rebound numbers are a product of the system and that noah is more worthy tha\en lee. you know what let me just slap you with some numbersnoahs numbers fg .49 lee .55 ft. .77 to lee .79 pts 11.3 to lee 19.4 reb noah 12.1 to lee 11.4 ast noah 2.2 to lee 3.4 and steals .7 to lee 1.0 blocks noah 1.7 to lee 0.3 i mean if i was looking at those numbers with no name next to it who do you think i would say it wouldnt bee the man averaging 11 points a game. needless to say the record of the 2 teams is only a difference of 4 wins to the bulls i cant see noah making it over lee and yes i am a knicks fan who just happens to know a little about baskeball. dont get me wrong noah is a good plyer but i wouldnt take him over lee never.



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2010 6:51 pm
 

All-Star Reserves

I'm sorry but Monta Ellis should make it over Brandon Roy and Deron Williams. Superior stats all around. I'm sorry but he could take either of these guys 1-on-1 and destroy them. check their stats against each other and guess what Monta is better.


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